Bye Bye Darlings: The Editing Gauntlet by Alice Zorn

You’ve finished your novel manuscript and you even – finally! – get a publisher. It took ten years. You have Neanderthal muscles across your brow from frowning at the computer screen. But now you’re home-free. Bingo! Then you get the first slew of comments from your editor…

Busting the myth of work-life balance by Susan Olding

About a year ago, I was invited to give a talk to some graduate students at Queen’s University about what was billed as “work-life balance.” Sure, I said. Why not? That should be easy. There was only one small problem. For me, “work-life balance” is an unattainable mirage. I am the farthest thing from an […]

My Invincible Summer: Rebooting My Writing Purpose by Susan Doherty Hannaford

In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. – Albert Camus, Return to Tipasa In May 2014, I learned that the publication of my debut novel, A Secret Music, would be delayed by twelve months. It was heartbreaking news, but not unusual coming from a small Canadian publisher who […]

A Memoirist’s Dilemma: Telling the Truth Without Betrayal by Karen Zey

In another life, I worked in schools as a special education teacher and administrator. I gathered stories for thirty-five years, and as a writer, I wanted to recapture my classroom days so that readers would land in the scene and see a flicker of universal truth. But as a teacher with a longstanding commitment to […]

Three-Legged History: Paul Almond on Researching Historical Fiction

By Paul Almond With an introduction by Barbara Burgess and David Stansfield On April 8, Paul Almond’s last book, The Inheritor, an autobiographical novel, was published by Red Deer Press. Almond, a member of the Quebec Writers’ Federation, intended to meet many of his fans and fellow writers this spring and summer, but he passed away […]

Running a Small Press in 2015 by Guillaume Morissette

Located in Montreal, Canada, Metatron is a small, independent press that publishes contemporary literature and works by new and rising authors. Almost all of its authors are under thirty years old, and their works reflect concerns such as love and relationships in the age of social media, existential angst, reconciling the spiritual with the digital […]

Nature’s Way of Getting Books Written by Raquel Rivera

 A couple of years ago I was cycling around the ex-garbage dump that is the St-Michel Environmental Complex in Montreal North, collecting details for a scene in my novel. I pedaled across the street from the Complex’s Cirque du Soleil headquarters, and peered through the windows of the National Circus School. Inside was a highly […]

Writing with the Body by Kathleen Winter

When I finished writing my novel, Annabel, in 2010, I nearly lost the use of my legs. Between books I make things by hand: hats, collages, kegs of kimchi. So I went to the friperie looking for magpie materials—and found I couldn’t walk up the stairs. “They feel,” I told my doctor, “like planks of […]